Deputy Director, Public Lands

Deputy Director, Public Lands
Organization Salt Lake City Corporation
Location Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Sep 30, 2021

This position is open until filled and may be closed anytime without notice.  Position to begin in September 2021.

Incumbent directs and manages operations for the City’s Open Space, Municipal Parks, Cemetery, Recreation, and Urban Forestry functions. The Program Director is responsible for managing, maintaining, planning, and promoting natural and formal open space within the City, including developed park and recreation sites and facilities, urban forest, trails, as well as preserving and protecting public lands. Management includes funding development and acquisition of public lands and forest. Requires advanced knowledge of open space and environmental stewardship standards, grant writing and strong leadership skills.

This is an at-will appointed position without tenure, exempt from the career service system.


  • Designs, implements, and monitors assigned programs including management and oversight of best management practices, environmental stewardship, operating budgets, performance measures, personnel, equipment maintenance, etc. Recommends and initiates process improvements, cost-saving measures, efficiencies, and other program changes necessary to enhance operations and meet program goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for the program’s budget. Directs the preparation and adjustments to the annual budget document. Monitors and manages department-related budget, resources, and financial transactions. Ensures appropriate processes, procedures, and policies are in place and followed for all financial transactions.
  • Prepares and manages division Capital Improvement Program and plans. Provides oversight on construction projects in coordination with the Engineering Division.
  • Analyzes and formulates program policies, goals, and objectives to improve program efficiency and effectiveness. Creates strategic plans to support the policies, goals, and objectives of the programs.
  • Resolves complex issues involving maintenance operation and environmental stewardship. Ensures that operations and maintenance of programs and resources comply with City, State, and Federal regulations to protect the environment and ensures safe work practices and environment.
  • Presents the program’s policies and positions in meetings, negotiations, and communications with the public, citizen and industry groups, Mayor and City Council members, other government agencies, the media, and other public forums within assigned areas of authority.
  • Ensures employee productivity and effective use of resources by coaching, mentoring, and training supervisory staff and building an effective team. Evaluates and documents performance of program managers and office staff, administers appropriate and employee rewards and disciplinary actions.
  • Seeks, applies for, and manages program grant writing and funding program.
  • Manages departmental emergency call response. Plays key roll establishing disaster and emergency preparedness program.
  • Represents the department in public meetings and/or on various committees as directed.
  • Directs, manages, and supports the City Parks, Open Space, Forestry and Trails Advisory Board, and other public advisory boards as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Landscape Architecture Biology, Public Administration, Parks and Recreation, Land Management, or a related field; and eight (8) years progressively responsible work experience in public administration activities and/or related work, four (4) years of which must have been in a supervisory position. Six (6) years applicable management experience may be substituted for the education requirement.
  • Experienced in budget preparation and administration, and ability to implement budget requirements into departmental operations.
  • Knowledge of materials, techniques, equipment, personnel management, and best management practices associated with the science of developed and non-developed open space land management.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, employees, and the public.
  • Strong human relations leadership and communication skills.
  • Experienced in using computers and software application and applying technology to solve process problems. Experienced in using Word, Excel and Power Point software applications.
  • Possession of valid state driver’s license or Utah driving privilege card.


Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)



  • Health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and an HSA/FLEX account
  • Paid time off including vacation days, personal days and 12 paid holidays
  • The City contributes 10% of your annual salary to your choice of retirement programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
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